The area is locally known as "the millionaire's row of homes" because the west flank of homes have beachfront access. When Senior Station Officer Andrew McCartney and his crew were mobile to the call smoke was showing in the area and he upgraded oncoming vehicles to Code 1.
Upon arrival he found a double storey weatherboard home totally involved in fire with very close exposures with two other double storey homes on either side suffering flame and heat impingement.
His strategies were focussed on their protection and organised crews with hand lines to work and protect the buildings from suffering damage. The properties were reasonably close and access was an issue with narrow walkways along the fence lines.
Another crew were able to work on the rear of the property from the beachfront and fought an external attack due to the severity of the fire. Patterson River brigade responded additional BA (breathing apparatus) wearers as smoke swirled around the crews from an offshore breeze.
Police attended the call and fire investigators were to begin assessing the damage at daylight. Power and gas companies were called early in the call to isolate services which would assist in the fire attack.
A "Fire stop" was placed on the call at 9:48pm.